Monday, December 26, 2016

NCC-Mac December 2016 Non-Meeting Non-Announcement

A Non-Reminder: Due to the Season, there is no NCC-Mac Meeting in December 2016. Our next meeting is tentatively scheduled for January 26, 2017.

This month there have been a few software updates worth noting:
macOS Sierra has been updated to version 10.12.2.
For those still running Yosemite or El Capitán, There are security updates and an updated version of Safari.
For most everyone else, iTunes has gone to version 12.5.4.
iOS 10 has gone to version 10.2.

If you need more excruciating details on these and other updates, see below.

Apple Store 4.1
Dec 02 '16
iOS Universal Shopping

What's New
- Apple Store app supports iOS 10 rich notifications for many activities.
- Buy accessories from your favorites with a single tap on your Apple Watch using Apple Pay.
- Various improvements and performance enhancements.
WWDC 5.0.2
Dec 06 '16
iOS Universal Reference

What's New
Thank you for your feedback. This update is built for iOS 10, tvOS 10, and watchOS 3, and includes the following:

• New filters to show only downloaded videos or only unwatched videos
• Support for 3D Touch to peek and pop on session lists
• Support for Dark Mode on tvOS
• Fix for a crash that might occur on upgrade when paired with Apple Watch
• Fix for several crashes as reported by users
GarageBand 10.1.4
Dec 08 '16
Mac OS Music

What's New
• Stability improvements and bug fixes
TV 1.0
Dec 09 '16
iOS Universal Entertainment
  
TV brings together shows and movies from services you subscribed to or purchased from iTunes into one unified, easy-to-navigate experience. You can quickly find and watch your favorites, pick up where you left off, and discover something new all in one place.

Features:
• Browse and watch TV shows and movies across multiple services, such as HBO Now, Hulu, CBS, Showtime, and Starz.
• Easily see what you’re currently watching and start again from the moment you left off.
• Get recommendations for the best of what’s new, popular, or notable.
• Never miss the latest episodes of shows you’re watching. They’ll appear in Up Next as soon as they’re available.
• Enhance your experience by using Siri to find something new, fast-forward, or start playing.
• Discover great new shows and movies to subscribe to or buy.
• Play all your iTunes purchases and rentals.
• Stream your iTunes movies and TV episodes over a Wi-Fi or cellular connection, or download to watch offline.

Requirements:
• iOS devices using iOS 10.2 or later.
• Some features require Internet access over a Wi-Fi or cellular data connection.
iTunes 12.5.4
This update adds support for the new TV app on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV.  And with Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro, use the scrubber to easily go to different parts of songs, movies, TV shows, and more.
It also includes minor app and performance improvements.
Post Date: Dec 12, 2016

System Requirements
400MB of available disk space
iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Match, and iTunes Radio availability may vary by country
iTunes Extras require OS X version 10.10.3 or later
Windows 7 or later
64-bit editions of Windows 7 and Windows 8 require the iTunes 64-bit installer; for more information, visit www.itunes.com/download
400MB of available disk space
Screen reader support requires Window-Eyes 7.2 or later; for information about accessibility in iTunes, visit www.apple.com/accessibility 
iTunes is now a 64-bit application on 64-bit versions of Windows 8 and 7. Some third-party visualizers may no longer be compatible with this version of iTunes. Please contact the developer for an updated visualizer that is compatible with iTunes 12.1 or later
iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Match, and iTunes Radio availability may vary by country
Apple Music requires OS X version 10.9.5 or later
iOS 10.2

iOS 10.2 introduces new features including the TV app (US Only), a new and unified experience for accessing your TV shows and movies across multiple video apps. Emoji have been beautifully redesigned to reveal even more detail and over 100 new emoji have been added including new faces, food, animals, sports, and professions. This update also includes stability improvements and bug fixes.

TV
Use Up Next to see the movies and shows you’re currently watching and pick up where you left off
Get recommendations for new movies and TV shows in Watch Now 
Discover new apps and the latest iTunes releases in the Store 
Access the Library for your iTunes purchases and rentals

Emoji
Beautifully redesigned emoji that reveal even more detail
Over 100 new emoji including new faces, food, animals, sports, and professions

Photos
Improves stabilization and delivers faster frame rate for Live Photos
Improves accuracy of groupings of similar photos of the same person in the People album
Fixes an issue where Memories might generate a memory from photos of screenshots, whiteboards or receipts
Fixes an issue where the camera would stay zoomed in after switching back from the Camera Roll on iPhone 7 Plus
Additional support for RAW digital cameras

Messages
Adds new love and celebration full screen effects in Messages
Fixes an issue that sometimes prevented the keyboard from displaying in Messages

Music
Swipe up the Now Playing screen to more easily access Shuffle, Repeat and Up Next
Choose how to sort Playlists, Albums, and Songs in Library

News
Stories you’ve saved for later now appear the new Saved section
The best paid stories from channels you subscribe to will now appear in a dedicated section in For You
It’s now easier than ever to get to the next story, just swipe left or tap Next Story while reading

Mail
Fixes an issue that caused the Move sheet to persist after filing a Mail message
Addresses an issue with long press activating copy and paste in Mail
Fixes an issue in which the wrong message would be selected after deleting a Mail conversation

Accessibility
Adds BraillePen14 support to VoiceOver
Fixes an issue where the braille table could switch unexpectedly with VoiceOver
Fixes an issue where sometimes Siri enhanced voices were unavailable to VoiceOver
Fixes an issue where VoiceOver users could not re-order items in lists
Fixes an issue where Switch Control was sometimes unable to delete Voicemails

Other improvements and fixes
Adds notification support for HomeKit accessories including window coverings, occupancy, motion, door/window, smoke, carbon monoxide, and water leak sensors
Adds notification support for HomeKit accessories when software updates are available to HomeKit accessories 
Improves Bluetooth performance and connectivity with 3rd party accessories
Fixes an issue that could cause FaceTime participants to appear out of focus
Fixes an issue that could cause FaceTime calls to appear with incorrect aspect ratio and orientation
Fixes an issue that prevented some Visual Voicemail from completing playback
Fixes a Safari Reader issue that could cause articles to open as empty pages
Fixes an issue that could cause Safari to quit unexpectedly after marking an item as read in Reading List

For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:
https://support.apple.com/HT201222

Post Date: Dec 12, 2016

System Requirements
iPhone 5 or newer
iPad 4th generation or newer
iPad mini 2 or newer
iPod touch (6th generation)
Available via OTA and iTunes
Xcode 8.2
Dec 12 '16
Mac OS Developer Tools

What's New
Xcode 8.2 includes Swift 3, and SDKs for iOS 10.2, watchOS 3.1, tvOS 10.1, and macOS Sierra 10.12.2.

• Touch Bar gains new actions and can be customized
• Simulator installs an app by drag-and-drop onto the Simulator window
• Additional bug fixes and stability improvements
macOS Sierra 10.12.2 Update

The macOS Sierra 10.12.2 update improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, and is recommended for all users. 

This update:

- Improves setup and reliability of Auto Unlock
- Allows addition of a Chinese Trackpad Handwriting button to the Touch Bar Control Strip
- Adds support for taking screenshots of the Touch Bar using the Grab app or Cmd-Shift-6 shortcut
- Fixes an issue that caused the Touch Bar emoji picker to appear on the display
- Resolves graphics issues on MacBook Pro (October 2016) computers
- Fixes an issue where System Integrity Protection was disabled on some MacBook Pro (October 2016) computers
- Improves setup and opt-out experience for iCloud Desktop and Documents
- Fixes an issue with the delivery of Optimized Storage alerts
- Improves audio quality when using Siri and FaceTime with Bluetooth headphones
- Improves the stability of Photos when creating and ordering books
- Fixes an issue where incoming Mail messages did not appear when using a Microsoft Exchange account
- Fixes an issue that prevented installation of Safari Extensions downloaded outside the Safari Extensions Gallery
- Adds support for new installations of Windows 8 and Windows 7 using Boot Camp on supported Macs

For more detailed information about this update, please visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT207307 

For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

Post Date: Dec 13, 2016

File Size: 1.94 GB

System Requirements
macOS Sierra 10.12.1
Security Update 2016-007 (10.10.5)
Security Update 2016-007 is recommended for all users and improves the security of OS X.
For more information on the security content of this update see: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5044 article for details on how to verify the authenticity of this download.

Post Date: Dec 13, 2016

File Size: 498.1 MB

System Requirements
 OS X Yosemite 10.10.5
Swift Playgrounds 1.1.2
Dec 13 '16
iOS iPad Education

What's New
• An error message will display automatically if your code has a mistake
• Playground documents can be installed from within Safari and Mail on iPad (requires iOS 10.2)
• Fixed issue that would improperly select a block of code, and could prevent dragging to re-order lines of code
• Fixed issue that caused buttons to draw in the wrong location when multitasking with another app
• Additional bug fixes and stability improvements
Apple Support 1.0.2
Dec 14 '16
iOS Universal Utilities
  
Need help? Apple Support app is your personalized guide to the best options from Apple. Find answers with articles tailored to your products and questions. Call, chat or email with an expert right away, or schedule a callback when it’s convenient. Get a repair at an Apple Store or a nearby Apple Authorized Service Provider. Apple Support is here to help.
What's New
Performance improvements and bug fixes
Security Update 2016-003 (10.11.6)
Security Update 2016-003 is recommended for all users and improves the security of OS X.

For more information on the security content of this update see: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222
See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5044article for details on how to verify the authenticity of this download.

Post Date: Dec 13, 2016

File Size: 717 MB

System Requirements
 OS X El Capitan 10.11.6
Also, for our old El Capitan MacBook…

[Schram-Family-MacBook:~] mschram% sudo softwareupdate --install --all

Software Update Tool
Copyright 2002-2015 Apple Inc.

Finding available software

Downloading Security Update 2016-003
Downloading Safari
Downloading Command Line Tools (macOS El Capitan version 10.11) for Xcode
Downloading iTunes
Downloaded Safari
Downloaded Command Line Tools (macOS El Capitan version 10.11) for Xcode
Downloaded iTunes
Downloaded Security Update 2016-003
Installing Security Update 2016-003, iTunes, Safari, Command Line Tools (macOS El Capitan version 10.11) for Xcode
Done with Security Update 2016-003
Done with iTunes
Done with Safari
Done with Command Line Tools (macOS El Capitan version 10.11) for Xcode
Done.

You have installed one or more updates that requires that you restart your
computer.  Please restart immediately.

Safari:

  Version: 10.0.2
  Obtained from: Apple
  Last Modified: 12/15/16, 2:05 AM
  Kind: Intel
  64-Bit (Intel): Yes
  Signed by: Software Signing, Apple Code Signing Certification Authority, Apple Root CA
  Location: /Applications/Safari.app
  Get Info String: 10.0.2, Copyright © 2003-2016 Apple Inc.
Xcode 8.2.1
Dec 19 '16
Mac OS Developer Tools

Xcode 8.2.1 includes Swift 3, and SDKs for iOS 10.2, watchOS 3.1, tvOS 10.1, and macOS Sierra 10.12.2.

Xcode 8.2.1 fixes an issue where incorrect Swift version warnings were displayed
AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.6.8

Firmware update 7.6.8 is recommended for all Apple 802.11n Wi-Fi base stations including AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule. This update addresses an issue that may prevent users from accessing their AirPort base station using Back to My Mac.

For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222 
For detailed information on AirPort base station firmware updates, including instructions how to install the update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1218
For more information on using AirPort products, go to the Product Support Page at: http://www.apple.com/support/airport/


Post Date: Dec 20, 2016

System Requirements
AirPort Extreme, AirPort Time Capsule, and AirPort Express base stations with 802.11n.
AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.7.8

Firmware update 7.7.8 is recommended for all AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule base stations with 802.11ac. This update addresses an issue that may prevent AirPort base stations from appearing in AirPort Utility when Back to My Mac is enabled.
For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222 
For detailed information on AirPort base station firmware updates, including instructions how to install the update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1218
For more information on using AirPort products, go to the Product Support Page at: http://www.apple.com/support/airport/

Post Date: Dec 20, 2016

System Requirements
AirPort Extreme, AirPort Time Capsule, and AirPort Express base stations with 802.11ac.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

NCC-Mac November 2016 Non-Meeting Non-Announcement

A Non-Reminder: Due to the Season, there are no NCC-Mac Meetings in November or December 2016. Our next meeting is tentatively scheduled for January 26, 2017.

So far this month I have seen only one software update worth mentioning:

Swift Playgrounds 1.1
Nov 17 '16
iOS iPad Education
What's New
• Learn to Code 3 continues the guided learning experience as you help Blu explore the universe
• Hour of Code challenge gives a Byte-sized introduction to the Learn to Code lessons
• Step through your code to highlight each line as it is run
• Learn to Code now includes music and sound effects
• Notifications for new and updated content

Note: Download new copies of Learn to Code from the Featured page to get the music, sound effects, and line highlighting features.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Outline of October 2016 NCC-Mac Meeting

Announcements
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Some of Apple's software updated since our last meeting
Music Memos 1.0.3
Oct 04 '16
iOS Universal Music

What's New
• Stability improvements and bug fixes
Brother Printer Drivers 4.1 for OS X
This update installs the latest Brother printing or scanner.

For more information about printing and scanning software, see http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3669#brother

Post Date: Oct 6, 2016

File Size: 243.6 MB

System Requirements
OS X Mountain Lion 10.8
OS X Mavericks 10.9
OS X Yosemite 10.10
OS X El Capitan 10.11
macOS Sierra 10.12
iOS 10.0.3
iOS 10.0.3 fixes bugs including an issue where some users could temporarily lose cellular connectivity. 

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:

Post Date: Oct 17, 2016

System Requirements
iPhone 5 or newer
iPad 4th generation or newer
iPad mini 2 or newer
iPod touch (6th generation)
Available via OTA and iTunes
Classroom 1.1.2
Oct 17 '16
iOS iPad Education

What's New
• Fixes an issue that in some cases prevented Classroom from discovering nearby student devices
watchOS 3.1
This update includes improvements and bug fixes.
New option to replay bubble and full screen effects in Messages
Messages effects can play with Reduce Motion enabled
Fixes an issue that could cause the notification for Timer complete to be delivered twice
Resolves an issue that could prevent Apple Watch Series 2 from fully charging
Resolves an issue where Activity rings may disappear from the watch face
Fixes an issue that prevented Force Touch options from appearing in some third-party apps

For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:

Post Date: Oct 24, 2016

System Requirements
iPhone 5 or later
Available via OTA through the Apple Watch app
iOS 10.1
This update includes Portrait Camera for iPhone 7 Plus (beta), transit directions for Japan, stability improvements and bug fixes.

Camera and Photos
Introduces Portrait Camera for iPhone 7 Plus that creates a depth effect that keeps your subject sharp while creating a beautifully blurred background (beta)
People names in the Photos app are saved in iCloud backups
Improved the display of wide color gamut photos in the grid views of the Photos app
Fixes an issue where opening the Camera app would show a blurred or flashing screen for some users
Fixes an issue that caused Photos to quit for some users when turning on iCloud Photo Library
Maps
Transit support for every major train, subway, ferry, and national bus line, as well as local bus systems for Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya
Sign-based transit navigation including layouts of all underground structures and walkways that connect large transit stations
Transit fare comparison when viewing alternative transit routes
Messages
New option to replay bubble and full screen effects
Messages effects can play with Reduce Motion enabled
Fixes an issue that could lead to contact names appearing incorrectly in Messages
Addresses an issue where Messages could open to a white screen
Addresses an issue that could prevent the report junk option from displaying with unknown senders
Fixes an issue where videos captured and sent in the Messages app could be missing audio
Apple Watch
Adds distance and average pace to workout summaries in the Activity app for outdoor wheelchair run pace and outdoor wheelchair walk pace
Fixes issues that may have prevented Music playlists from syncing to Apple Watch
Addresses an issue that was preventing invitations and data to appear in Activity Sharing
Fixes an issue that was allowing Activity Sharing to update over cellular when manually disabled
Resolves an issue that was causing some third-party apps to crash when inputting text
Other improvements and fixes
Improves Bluetooth connectivity with 3rd party accessories
Improves AirPlay Mirroring performance when waking a device from sleep
Fixes an issue where playback would not work for iTunes purchased content when the “Show iTunes Purchases” setting is turned off
Fixes an issue where certain selfie apps and face filters used with the FaceTime HD Camera on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus did not display a live preview
Fixes an issue in Health where individual strokes are converted to separate characters when using the Chinese handwriting keyboard
Improves performance of sharing websites from Safari to Messages
Fixes an issue in Safari that caused web previews in tab view to not display correctly
Fixes an issue that caused certain Mail messages to be reformatted with very small text
Fixes an issue that caused some HTML email to be formatted incorrectly
Fixes an issue that in some cases caused the search field to disappear in Mail
Fixes an issue that could prevent Today View Widgets from updating when launched
Fixes an issue where Weather widget sometimes failed to load data
Fixes an issue on iPhone 7 where Home Button click settings would not appear in search results
Fixes an issue that prevented spam alert extensions from blocking calls
Resolves an issue that could prevent alarm sounds from going off
Fixes an issue where audio playback via Bluetooth would cause the Taptic engine to stop providing feedback for some users
Resolves an issue preventing some users from restoring from iCloud Backup

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:

Post Date: Oct 24, 2016

System Requirements
iPhone 5 or newer
iPad 4th generation or newer
iPad mini 2 or newer
iPod touch (6th generation)
Available via OTA and iTunes
macOS Sierra 10.12.1
The macOS Sierra 10.12.1 update improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, and is recommended for all users. 

This update:

- Adds an automatic smart album in Photos for Depth Effect images taken on iPhone 7 Plus
- Improves the compatibility of Microsoft Office when using iCloud Desktop and Documents
- Fixes an issue that may prevent Mail from updating when using a Microsoft Exchange account
- Fixes an issue that caused text to sometimes paste incorrectly when using Universal Clipboard
- Improves reliability of Auto Unlock with Apple Watch
- Improves security and stability in Safari

For more detailed information about this update, please visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT206174 

For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

Post Date: Oct 27, 2016

File Size: 1.36 GB

System Requirements
macOS Sierra 10.12
tvOS 10.0.1
Apple Releases tvOS 10.0.1 With Bug Fixes, Performance Improvements

Monday October 24, 2016 9:56 AM PDT by Juli Clover
Apple today released a new update for tvOS, the operating system designed to run on the fourth-generation Apple TV. tvOS 10.0.1 comes one and a half months after the release of tvOS 10 and marks the first minor update to the new operating system. tvOS 10.0.1 has been in testing since September 21, with Apple having seeded four betas to developers before releasing it to the public. 

The new tvOS 10.0.1 update can be downloaded over the air through the Settings app on the Apple TV by going to System --> Software Update. Those who have automatic software updates turned on will be upgraded to the new operating system automatically. 

As a minor 10.x.x update, tvOS 10.0.1 focuses on performance improvements and bug fixes to address issues discovered since the release of tvOS 10. During the beta testing process, no major outward-facing changes or obvious bug fixes were discovered. 

The tvOS 10.0.1 update does not include support for single sign-on, a feature that will allow Apple TV users to sign in once with their cable credentials to access all live cable content included in a cable subscription. Apple has said single sign-on will be introduced in a future update. 

tvOS 10 brings improved search, expanded Siri capabilities, a new dark mode, a Continuity option for using the iPhone for text input, automatic download of universal apps, easy access to live TV, and more. For full details on what's new in tvOS 10, make sure to check out our tvOS 10 roundup.
Safari 10.0.1
OS X Yosemite v10.10.5, OS X El Capitan v10.11.6, and macOS Sierra 10.12

Released October 24, 2016
WebKit
Available for: OS X Yosemite v10.10.5, OS X El Capitan v10.11.6, and macOS Sierra 10.12
Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may result in the disclosure of user information
Description: An input validation issue was addressed through improved state management.
CVE-2016-4613: an anonymous researcher
WebKit
Available for: OS X Yosemite v10.10.5, OS X El Capitan v10.11.6, and macOS Sierra 10.12
Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution
Description: Multiple memory corruption issues were addressed through improved memory handling.
CVE-2016-4666: Apple
CVE-2016-4677: An anonymous researcher working with Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative
Security Update 2016-002 (10.11.6)
Security Update 2016-002 is recommended for all users and improves the security of OS X.

For more information on the security content of this update see: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5044 article for details on how to verify the authenticity of this download.

Post Date: Oct 24, 2016

File Size: 414.9 MB

System Requirements
 OS X El Capitan 10.11.6
Security Update 2016-006 (10.10.5)
Security Update 2016-006 is recommended for all users and improves the security of OS X.

For more information on the security content of this update see: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5044 article for details on how to verify the authenticity of this download.

Post Date: Oct 24, 2016

File Size: 473.6 MB

System Requirements
 OS X Yosemite 10.10.5
Pages 6.0.5
Oct 27 '16
Mac OS Productivity

What's New
• Stability and performance improvements
Numbers 4.0.5
Oct 27 '16
Mac OS Productivity

What's New
• Stability and performance improvements
Keynote 7.0.5
Oct 27 '16
Mac OS Productivity

What's New
• Stability and performance improvements
Pages 3.0.5
Oct 27 '16
iOS Universal Productivity

What's New
This update contains stability and performance improvements.
Numbers 3.0.5
Oct 27 '16
iOS Universal Productivity

What's New
This update contains stability and performance improvements.
Keynote 3.0.5
Oct 27 '16
iOS Universal Productivity

What's New
This update contains stability and performance improvements.
iMovie 10.1.3
Oct 27 '16
Mac OS Video

What's New
• Support for Touch Bar on MacBook Pro lets you quickly add video clips to your movie, or use them to create picture in picture, green screen, and split screen effects
• Tap the Touch Bar to play your movie, split a clip, or easily adjust the volume of any clip
• Ability to delete render files to recover drive space
GarageBand 10.1.3
Oct 27 '16
Mac OS Music

What's New
• Stability improvements and bug fixes
Xcode 8.1
Oct 27 '16
Mac OS Developer Tools

What's New
Xcode 8.1 includes Swift 3, and SDKs for iOS 10.1, watchOS 3.1, tvOS 10, and macOS Sierra 10.12.1.

Xcode 8.1 adds support for Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro:

• Touch Bar displays context-specific buttons when in the Xcode editor, commit sheet, navigator, and Interface Builder
• Debug button in the Control Strip lets you pause and inspect your app while Xcode is in the background
• Interface Builder button updates the frames of selected objects and their children
• Classes in Interface Builder make it easy to add Touch Bar features to your Mac apps
• Touch Bar simulator works on any Mac so you can see how your app works with the Touch Bar
The next meeting will be held Thursday, January 26, 2017, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.
(subject to confirmation)
Apple – October Event 2016

Q&A, General Discussion